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AVIATION VOCABULARY

Basic aviation vocabulary (Abreviations and terminology)

TermDefinition
ABP ABLE BODIED PASSENGER
A/C AIRCRAFT
AFT TOWARDS THE REAR OF THE AIRCRAFT
AIRBRIDGE MANOUVERABLE ENCLOSED ACCES WAY FROM THE TERMINAL TO THE AIRCRAFT. ALSO CALLED JETTY.
AISLE WALKWAY BETWEEN THE SEATS IN THE CABIN- WE SAY THAT 737 IS A SINGLE AISLE A/C.
AIRSTAIRS FOLDING STAIRS AT THE FORWARD DOOR WICH STOW IN THE BELLY OF THE AIRCRAFT.
AOC AIR OPERATORS CERTIFICATE
APRON THE AREA WHERE THE AIRCRAFT MOVES "OFF STAND" TO THE TAXIWAY.
APU AUXILIARY POWER UNIT. SMALL ENGINE BELOW THE TAIL OF THE A/C WHICH PROVIDES ELECTRICAL POWER WHILST ON THE GROUND.
ASSIST SPACE A DEFINED AREA AT EACH EMERGENCY DOOR ALLOCATED FOR CABIN CREW TOSTAND IN FOR THE PURPOSE OF EVACUATING PASSENGERS WITHOUT CAUSING AN OBSTRUCTION OF THE EXIT.
ATC AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
BRACE POSITION A POSITION ADOPTED, WHEN SEATED, BY ALL PASENGERS AND CCM DURING AN EMERGENCY. IT HELPS MINIMISE INJURIES WHICH RESULT FROM FORCED BODY MOVEMENTS.
CAA CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY. GOVERNING BODY FOR AVIATION IN THE UK.
CABIN INTERIOR OF THE AIRCRAFT WHERE PASSENGER'S SEATS ARE LOCATED.
CCM CARRIED ON BOARD THE AIRCRAFT TO ENSURE SAFETY OF THE PASSENGERS, CREW AND AIRCRAFT.
CAT I,II,III WHEN THE WEATHER IS FOGGY YOU REQUIRE AN AIRCRAFT THAT HAS THE CAPABILITY TO LAND IN THESE CONDITIONS. THE FLIGHT CRW MUST BE TRAINED TO DO SO AND THE AIRPORT RUNWAY MUST HAVE THE FACILITIES WHICH ALLOW THIS.
CPT, CAPTAIN THE COMMANDER OF THE A/C- HE/SHE SITS ALWAYS IN THE LEFT HAND SIDE.
CB a.) CIRCUIT BREAKER FOR ELECTRICS SITUATED IN THE FLISHT DECK AND GALLEYS b.) "CUMULONIMBUS" WHICH IS A TYPE OF CLOUD CONTAINING HEAVY RAIN AND TURBULENCE.
CCI CABIN CREW INSTRUCTION. THIS DETAILS A CHANGE TO THE 'RYANAIR OPERATIONS MANUAL PART A SAFETY AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES'.
CCM CABIN CREW MEMBER
CSS CABIN SERVICE SUPERVISOR (No.1)
CREW FLIGHT CREW (pilots) and CCM.
DECOMPRESSION AN EMERGENCY SITUATION IN WHICH CABIN PRESSURE EQUALIZES WITH OUTSIE PRESSURE.
DITCHING EMERGENCY LANDING IN WATER.
DISPATCHER PERSON WHO COMPLETES THE FLIGHT PAPERWORK FOR THE CAPTAIN. RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GROUND HANDLING.
DIVERSION WHEN AN AIRCRAFT DOESN'T LAND AT ITS INTENDED DESTINANTION. MAY BE DUE TO MEDICAL EMERGENCY, BAD WEATHER, ETC.
DOWNWIND THE DIRECTION IN WHICH THE WIND IS BLOWING.
DRILL A SECUENCE OF ACTIONS, WHICH SHOULD BE FOLLOWED.
Fwd TOWARDS THE FRONT OF THE AIRCRAFT (forward).
FLAPS Hinge type panels that are on the back and front of each wing. They allow the airplane to fly slowly and safely and must be used for takeoff and landing.
FLIGHT CREW PILOTS- NORMALLY CAPTAIN AND FIRST OFFICER.
FLIGHT DECK COCKPIT
F/O FIRST OFFICER-REFERED TO AS CO-PILOT. ALWAYS SITS IN THE RIGHT HAND SEAT.
FR IATA prefix for all RYR flights.
FUSELAGE THE OUTER SKIN OF THE AIRCRAFT
GALLEY KITCHEN AREA
GASH RUBBISH
GIRT BAR METAL BAR WHICH CONNECTS TO BRACKETS ON THE DOOR SILL WHEN THE AIRCRAFT DOOR IS ARMED.
GPU GROUND POWER UNIT. Used instead of APU to provide electrical power on the ground.
Head Wind Wind in the opposite direction to the one in which the A/C is flying, which makes the flight longer
TAIL WIND THE WIND BLOWS IN THE DIRECTINO IN WHICH THE AIRCRAFT IS FLYING. MAKES THE FLIGHT SHORTER.
HOLD A COMPARTMENT IN THE LOWER DECK WHERE CARGO AND BAGGAGE IS STOWED.
IAA IRISH AVIATION AUTHORITY. GOVERNING BODY REGULATING IRISH REGISTERED AIRCRAFT.
IATA INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION
ICAO INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION
ILS INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM. Navigation beacon that the pilots tune in to locate the runway for landing.
IBOARD The direction towards the centreline of the aircraft.
INFANT FOR RYANAIR TICKETING PURPOSES- ACHILD UNDER AGE OF 2.
JUMPSEAT CREW SEAT
KNOTS NAUTICAL MILES PER HOUR
LANDING GEAR THE WHEELS AND ASSOCIATED COMPONENTS ON WHICH THE AIRCRAFT LANDS. ALSO KNOWN AS UNDERCARRIAGE.
LOAD SHEET THE RAMP AGENT PREPARES THE LOAD SHEET AND GIVES IT TO THE CAPTAIN BEFORE DEPARTURE. IT CONTAINS INFO SUCH AS PASSENGER NUMBERS, WHEIGHTS, BAGGAGE, ETC. IMPORTANT FOR SECURITY REASONS OR IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.
MINIMUMS WEATHER CONDITIONS RESTRICTING TAKEOFF AND LANDING.
OPS MANUAL THE GOVERNING DOCUMENTS APPROVED BY THE IAA, WICH LAYS DOWN ALL POLICIES, RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE COMPANY'S OPERATION.
OUTBOARD THE DIRECTION TOWARDS THE OUTSIDE OF THE AIRCRAFT.
PA PUBLIC ADRESS/PASSENGER ANNOUNCEMENT
Pax PASSENGER
PORT LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE A/C
PSI POUNDS PER SQUARE INCH. A UNIT OF PRESSURE.
PSU PASSENGER SERVICE UNIT.
RAMP MANOEUVRING AREA FOR AIRCRAFT ADJACENT TO TERMINAL.
REJECTED TAKE-OFF STOPPING THE AIRCRAFT ON THE RUNWAY DURING TAKEOFF DUE TO A TECHNICAL PROBLEM OR THE RUNWAY BECOMING BLOCKED.
ROTATE THE POINT AT WHICH THE AIRCRAFT ACTUALLY BECOMES AIRBORNED.
RULE 1 OR 2 The Capt may request the CCM to block up a certain number of rows of seats at the front or back of the A/C toensure the weight and balance of the a/c is correct. This ensures the a/c is 'in trim'
RUNWAY AREA FOR TAKE-OFF AND LANDING
SECTOR A FLIGHT FROM A to B IS ONE SECTOR.
SEP SAFETY and EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
SOP Standard Operating Procedures
SPEED BRAKES Hinged pieces of metal on the top surface of the wing. They always come up on landing to help the aircraft stop and can be used in the air to help the aircraft slow down.
STAND Parking area of the aircraft
STARBOARD Right side of the a/c
TAXIING A/C MOVEMENTS ON THE GROUND
TAXIWAY AIRPORT ROUTES LINKING RUNWAYS WITH THE RAMP AREA.
TCAS Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System
THOB Total Heads On Board. Total number of passengers and crew on board.
THRUST LEVERS THE TWO GREY LEVERS BETWEEN THE PILOTS THAT CHANGE THE POWER OF THE ENGINE IN A SIMILAR WAY TO THE ACCELERATOR IN A CAR.
TI Training Instruction- This details a change to 'Ryanair Operations Manual Part D- Crew Training Manual'
U/S UNSERVICEABLE- (DOESNT WORK!) Also called INOP
Up Wind The opposite direction in which the wind is blowing.
Created by: PABLO1996